• Market trends/Destination news:

The French spend an average of €2,277 for their holidays

Tripadvisor publishes the results of its annual TripBarometer study, conducted by the Ipsos MORI Institute among 21,500 travellers worldwide, including 2,254 French. They were asked about their habits before and during their stay. While 17% of travellers worldwide book their stay each year at the same time, the French are more willing to book when they find a good deal (14%).  However, one in three French people are willing to change their destination if they find a cheaper flight.  Quotidien du Tourisme

Why Paradors in Spain are going green

The Spanish State, which still owns the “Paradores de Turismo de España” chain, has announced that its 97 establishments will only use electricity from renewable sources. The hotel chain is also studying the possibility of using geothermal energy for its hotel on the island of Tenerife. La Quotidienne

Seychelles limits the capacity of new hotels

New tourist accommodation on the inland islands of the Seychelles archipelago shall not exceed 24 rooms. The extension of the moratorium already in force was decided at the last cabinet meeting in 2018, as reported by the Seychelles News Agency. According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, Seychelles has nearly 589 tourist accommodations with 6,332 rooms. The sector would have at its disposal enough to accommodate an additional 3,000 rooms. About Travel

 

INSEE: French morale reaches its lowest level in four years

Household morale reached its lowest level in December 2018 since November 2014. Household confidence in France fell sharply in December, in the middle of the yellow vest crisis, falling to its lowest level since November 2014, INSEE announced on Tuesday. Quotidien du Tourisme

 

  • Airline news:

Ryanair again voted worst airline in the United Kingdom

For the sixth consecutive year, Ryanair finished at the bottom of the list from Which Travel’s annual survey of airline services. Passengers gave the airline the lowest possible rating for boarding, seating comfort, food and beverages and cabin environment. And Ryanair got a customer score of 40%, compared to 63% for easyJet. Air Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tour operator news:

 

Nationaltours gets a new look

The new Nationaltours 2019 catalogue has now arrived in agencies! With its new identity, this edition presents an offer of 300 tours, stays and cruises over its 324 pages. A collection enriched with 50 new programs to many destinations such as Burma, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tibet, China, Thailand, Tanzania, South Africa, Tunisia, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Italy, Albania… La Quotidienne

 

Tailor-made travel: Worldia’s global ambitions

Worldia is a “BtoBtoC expert in tailor-made travel”. Whether under a white label or on experts.worldia.com, travel agencies can create a trip for their clients and book individual activities at their destination. Worldia is currently used by 900 travel agencies (Thomas Cook, Promovacances, Cap 5 Voyages, National Tours, Fram…), private concierge services such as John Paul Conciergerie, and e-commerce brands such as Cdiscount and Zankyou. After a 100% growth from 2016 to 2017, and 75% from 2017 to 2018, Grégoire Pasquet, CEO of Worldia, announces his intention to “double (his) turnover each year“. Quotidien du Tourisme

 

 

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